The faculty of the Ralph W. Ketner school of Business recognize that a quality Business School education must be combined with exposure to how business works beyond the classroom. All Business majors are required to complete at least 3 hours in Experiential Learning starting as early as the first year that the Business major is declared. Students can complete up to 12 hours in Experiential Learning, allowing them to progress through more meaningful career experiences. Experiential Learning also exposes students to formal soft skills training, including manners at work, networking skills, interpersonal relations, effective online communication, dealing with difficult people in the workplace, and interviewing skills. Experiential Learning can include job shadowing, study abroad, community service, work on actual projects for a business, participating in discipline related research with a professor, working on campus, or completing an internship for an off campus organization.
By participating in experiential learning, students can explore aspects of various careers in business outside of the classroom. Students enrolling in Experiential Learning will be approved for a project, research activity, internship, or other experience related to their area of interest and their level of expertise and experience in business. By the junior or senior year, the Experiential Learning that the student engages in should be an Internship where the student works 135 hours outside of the classroom for an organization in their concentration of interest (Management, Marketing, Information Systems, Accounting, Economics). One of the goals of Experiential Learning is to help you transition successfully from the classroom to your career after graduation.